FT. WAYNE, IN-Berne Apparel has leased 148,000 sf here in order to expand its operations. Headquartered 50 miles to the south in Berne, IN, the longtime manufacturer of work and hunting clothes is taking space in a 474,000-sf former single-tenant facility here with visibility from Interstate 469. The value of the lease is $1.8 million.The building, located at 2100 Summit Dr., is owned by New York, NY-based United States Steel & Carnegie Pension Fund. It was converted into a multi-tenant location to accommodate Berne Apparel Co. The remaining 326,217 sf can be leased by as many as three tenants. Podolsky Northstar Realty Partners of Riverwoods, IL, and locally based Goldstine Knapke have the leasing assignment. Berne Apparel Co. is an 80-year-old company that manufactures unlined coveralls, bibs, pants, shirts, coats, and jackets. It chose to expand into the building based on its access and visibility from I-469, along with the opportunity for future growth in the building.John Homsher and Randy Podolsky, both principals with Podolsky Northstar Realty Partners, and Phil Knapke of Goldstine Knapke, represented United States Steel & Carnegie Pension Fund in the transaction. The fund administers employee and retiree benefits for the United States Steel Corporation’s full-time and non-union employees.

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